Review: Nidhogg PS4/PS Vita

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Nidhogg is the epic award-winning fencing tug-of-war, full of graceful acrobatics and clumsy stabs. IRL yelling and excitement may occur, in this ultimate two-player showdown of fast-paced fencing and melee attacks. Beware, advantages in Nidhogg are often fleeting, as new opponents continually spawn in your way.

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Pros:

  • Minimalist graphics that dont over complicate the assignment. Less is more in this case.
  • Tutorial section where you can basically go in and practice your moves, See how the game plays and generally brush up on your technique.
  • Looks incredible on PS4 and the Vita.
  • Options allow you to re bind the keys and test them out there and then.
  • Full controller support.
  • Pumping soundtrack.
  • Has Steam Achievements/Cloud saving.
  • Game has 5 game modes:

-Single Player, Face off against increasingly difficult AI

-Single Player Tournament

-Offline multiplayer

-Online Multiplayer

Offline variants which is offline mp but with new options like no swords,no gravity etc.

  • Handful of well designed levels and back drops.
  • Runs silky smooth at 60fps.
  • Offline variant gameplay is where you make your money back. Epic fun to be had.
  • Fast frantic gameplay that does nothing but test your nerve,reward you and destroy you, All in one sitting!
  • Gameplay is very much a tug of war affair. Slain your opponent and try and get to the next screen is your goal. Your opponent respawns quickly so speed is crucial. Your opponent is trying to do the same to you.
  • Its so much fun to play and so accessible to all types of player. It has so many levels to the game design that you never feel like the game is repetitive.
  • Climb up walls to further expand the playing arena.
  • Fencing works very much like you press up and down quickly to counter your opponents move, Do it quickly enough and you disarm them.
  • Despite its simplistic approach to graphics, You can curb stomp, rip off players heads and disembowel your opponent. Having your opponent stuck on your sword as you wiggle it up and down is a particular highlight.
  • Full trophy support witha  few really hard ones chucked in!
  • Cheap price point.

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Cons:

  • Single player is very very short. You can fire through all your opponents within half an hour. This isnt and will never be the core of the game. But if your a lone wolf kind of gamer then you will be dissapointed by the length of single player.
  • Online is a bit rocky at the moment, Frequent disconnects, Laggy gameplay and long loading times. It is still early days but worth noting none the less.
  • The AI can be quite cheap in a few instances and it can feel really unfair. Easily avoided with skill but still.
  • Getting used to using the analogue stick is tricky. Could just be me but getting certain moves to trigger was an issue at the start.

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In Summary, The game made famous on Steam has now finally arrived on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. It was worth the wait. For this game is some of the best fun you can ever have on your console. With online and offline catered for, fluid gameplay it has all the iingredientsof a game of the year! The music is superb but the actual game play is just so dam addictive! Stomp,slice and throw your sword at enemies for the win! Without any hesitation the game is worth your money and time and will be a classic that can always be played!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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